|The cardinal flowers are in bloom|
So with the cooler dry weather yesterday, I had hopes for a better day. There really wasn't much going on early afternoon. Again the nymphing was unproductive so about mid afternoon I decided to head upriver to some pocket water and fish a stimulator with bead head pheasant tail soft hackle tied off the back. It was a ton of fun watching a couple big rainbows and a nice brown crush the stimulator in the riffles or come up and nail the pheasant tail and drag the stimulator under with authority. I really like fishing this type of rig because the fish are attracted to the larger fly and even if they aren't interested in it, the dropper is just sitting there begging to be eaten. I've watched fish follow the stimulator for a little and then turn on the dropper at the last minute.
|A hefty Farmington rainbow that turned on the pheasant tail dropper|
As the afternoon shadows began to lengthen, I headed to a spot that I thought I had a good chance to find some rising fish. Sure enough, as the temperature dropped the fish started rising to something small. There were a lot of olives on the water so I decided to give the olive flymphs I recently tied a trial run. I picked up two solid fish that crushed the flymph as it was drifting in the film and then when straight to the bottom and played tug of war. I got both within a leader length but never got a look at either before the hook pulled out. After I lost the second fish, I took a look at the fly and sure enough the hook was bent open. I guess the mustad R50 dry fly hook I tied these on wasn't beefy enough so I will tie some more on some TMC-100 hooks which are a little sturdier. With a little more modification, I think I'll have a decent fly when small olives are on the menu.
|#18 olive flymph|